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Jewish Internet Defense Force fails to make #ShanaTova trending Twitter topic

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As I reported the other day, the Jewish Internet Defense Force scheduled yet another Twitter campaign for yesterday, September 16, with the goal of making #ShanaTova a trending topic in order to “raise awareness of Rosh Hashanah,” and to “draw attention to the plight of suffering children.”

Unlike their previous Twitter campaign which managed to make #GiladShalit, an IDF prisoner of war who has been in the custody of Hamas since 2006, the number two trending topic for about a day, the #ShanaTova campaign failed miserably.

It should come as no surprise that the #ShanaTova campaign was largely unsuccessful due to the fact that it was marketed in part to “draw attention to the plight of suffering children” when in fact the Jewish Internet Defense Force actively defends and supports the murder of innocent children almost every single day in their unbridled support for Israel’s policy of ethnically cleansing Palestinians.

In light of the #ShanaTova failure, David Appletree, the founder of the Jewish Internet Defense Force and self-proclaimed social media expert lamented*, “I’m thankful as I learned some extremely valuable things from the #ShanaTova campaign,” which he assured, “are going to help with whatever I do next.”

Hopefully, whatever he decides to do next is not a campaign designed to promote the violation of international laws as he and his supporters so often do.

Not that it matters, since his self-proclaimed social media expertise has been exposed for what it truly is in the wake of the #ShanaTova failure, a great big delusion.

*Since publishing my last article about the Jewish Internet Defense Force, out of fear of being exposed, David Appletree has protected his tweets.

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Jewish Internet Defense Force embarks on new #ShanaTova Twitter campaign

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The Jewish Internet Defense Force, an internet collective of Jewish activists that I recently wrote about, has embarked on yet another Twitter campaign. This time the stated goal is to raise awareness of “Rosh Hashanah and suffering children,” by making the hashtag #ShanaTova a trending topic.

Despite having labeled all practicing Muslims, including children, as terrorists and defending the murder by Israeli soldiers of Palestinian civilians, including children, the JIDF claims to want to raise awareness of “suffering children.”

Given the shady history of the JIDF, their Islamophobia and support of human rights violations according to international law, one has to wonder whether including the cause of raising awareness of “suffering children” in their #ShanaTova Twitter campaign is simply a cold and calculated marketing strategy.

The press release for their latest campaign reads, “‘Tweet #ShanaTova’ is a non-political, non-denominational campaign to remind people to think about those less fortunate than themselves, particularly children suffering from life-threatening diseases such as cancer and other debilitating chronic and genetic conditions.”

If they expect non-political and non-denominational support of their campaign, Jewish Internet Defense Force activists and supporters would do well to worry more about the direct effects of their undying support of Israel’s murderous policies which have resulted in the deaths of countless children before shallowly claiming to care about “children suffering from life-threatening diseases such as cancer and other debilitating chronic and genetic conditions.”

Unless, of course, that claim is simply a cold and calculated marketing strategy.

The Jewish Internet Defense Force

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The Jewish Internet Defense Force is a collective of Jewish activists led by David Appletree with the stated goal of fighting anti-Semitism and terrorism on the web. They are present on most major social media websites, but Facebook and Twitter seem to be their main areas of focus.

After only a few minutes of research I learned that the JIDF will use any means necessary to censor opinions they disagree with, even opinions with a firm factual foundation. In 2008, they hacked a Facebook group called, “Israel is not a country!… … Delist it from Facebook as a country!” And proceeded to delete all of the members of the group. Soon after, the JIDF released a statement proclaiming the hacking of the group a “major victory against Jew haters,” and that “despite tens of thousands of complaints, Facebook wouldn’t remove it, as they claimed that this incitement to murder was ‘legitimate political discourse’ – Facebook’s negligence and abdication of responsibility gave us no option but to take matters in our own hands…..”

Here we have the JIDF hacking a Facebook group not because the members are anti-Semitic or are terrorists, but because they disagree with the name of the group and the opinions of the members; many of whom have a very legitimate gripe as it was their homeland that was stolen in order to make the creation of a “Jewish homeland” possible. Isn’t it perfectly fair for them to ask who the real terrorists are? As Facebook correctly stated, their group was a forum for “legitimate political discourse.”

The JIDF is also very active on Twitter; just recently they organized a campaign to raise awareness about Gilad Shalit, an Israeli prisoner of war in the custody of Hamas. The goal was to make the hashtag #GiladShalit a trending topic, and they were successful; his name was the number two trending topic for about a day. What they failed to mention leading up to and during the campaign though, is the enormous difference between the number of current Israeli political prisoners and Palestinian political prisoners. The JIDF decries the lack of mainstream media coverage of Gilad Shalit, and uses his situation as just another excuse to label all Arabs and Muslims as terrorists, while completely denying the well documented fact that Israel kidnaps Palestinians almost every single day. Again, who are the real terrorists?

There are many more examples of the activities of the JIDF on the internet, but they are just more of the same of what was already covered; see for yourself and Google the JIDF. Their main tactic is playing the victim in order to attempt to increase their power over free speech, so they can pick and choose what can and can’t be said. If they don’t like what you write they label you either anti-Semitic or a terrorist, or both. The funny thing is though, even former Minister of Education in Israel, Shulamit Aloni, admits calling people anti-Semitic is a trick that is used all the time.

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September 5, 2009 at 1:09 am